London area of EC1 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's EC1 neighbourhood

Located just on the outskirts of the City, EC1 is a rather trendy part of town. Covering Clerkenwell and Farringdon, it's home to some very cutting-edge restaurants around Smithfield Market, including the Michelin starred St John with its particular brand of "nose to tail" dining. North of the market, London's original gastropub The Eagle opened its doors in 1991 and now it's surrounded by a host of similar establishments - The Well, The Peasant and The Coach & Horses - giving this district a cheerful, chilled-out vibe; a wonderful place for papers and pints on a weekend. Exmouth Market, a street of lovely independent shops during the day, continues the funky atmosphere with its bustling, continental-style bars and restaurants, twinkling with fairy lights overhead. Head here for a pre-theatre meal or post-show drinks if you're planning a visit to nearby Sadler's Wells, London's favourite contemporary dance venue. If you're looking for something oh-so sparkly for a loved one, Hatton Garden in the southwest corner of the district is the place to shop for diamonds and bejewelled rings, largely populated by nervous-looking guys and their expectant-looking gals.

See our recommended nearby EC1 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

EC1 Hotels

in or near EC1
The Montcalm At Brewery London City
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
52 Chiswell Street, EC1Y
Set deep in the heart of London's financial district, a majestic edifice stands tall and grand building, a living embodiment of distinction, class and flamboyance. The ... More
 
 
 
London City Suites by Montcalm
London > Apartment > Apartment
42-46 Chiswell Street, EC1Y
The London City Suites by Montcalm are within a grade II listed heritage building, located in the City of London. The 5-star accommodation provides all the ... More
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
Central Street, EC1V
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Entertainment

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Barbican Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, EC1, London EC2Y
The Barbican Centre's two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and The Pit - offer everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance to ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Silk Street, EC1, London EC2Y
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican The Pit
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Silk Street, EC1, London EC2Y
In the two theatre spaces - the Barbican Theatre and the Pit - you can enjoy everything from gritty reality to far-flung fantasy, from dance ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near EC1
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Host Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 Honduras Street, EC1, London EC1Y
Host was established in 2005 by Jon Levy, director of foto8, and Adrian Evans, director of Panos Pictures. Photojournalism - from classical black and white reportage ... More
 
 
 
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Magnum Photos
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
63 Gee Street, EC1, London EC1V
The London gallery for renowned photo agency, Magnum. Representing the best in photography, The Magnum Photos selection process for new members is legendary for its toughness. ... More
 
 
 
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Bunhill Fields
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
38 City Road, EC1, London EC1Y
Small, wooded dissenters' cemetery in the city centre. William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe are among over 120,000 nonconformists whose bodies are squeezed closely together within ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's EC1
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Barbican Chimes Music Shop
London > Shopping > Music Shops
Cromwell Tower, Silk Street, EC1, London EC2Y
Tucked away near the Barbican multi-arts centre and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chimes Music is in illustrious company. Since opening in 1983 ... More
 
 
 
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Bookartbookshop
London > Shopping > Books
17 Pitfield Street, EC1, London N1
We love this great little book shop. As the name suggests, you'll find books on art but, more specifically, they specialise in artists' books - and ... More
 
 
 
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Flittner
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
86 Moorgate, EC1, London EC2M
An old-fashioned barber’s patronised by city gentlemen and established in 1904. As well as a shampoo and cut you can also have the traditional hot towel ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near EC1 London?
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Thai Thai
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
110 Old Street, EC1, London EC1V
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Carnevale Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
135 Whitecross Street, EC1, London EC1Y
This cosy vegetarian restaurant is a bit like eating in someone's house - only with great food. Mains may include a selection of risotto with squash ... More
 
 
 
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Pham Sushi
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
155 Whitecross Street, EC1, London EC1Y
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EC1 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London EC1.
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1, London EC1M
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The Fox
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
28-30 Paul Street, EC1, London EC2A
Ideally located away from the chaos of the City and in the trendy and thriving Shoreditch area, The Fox is a stylish gastropub offering food and ... More
 
 
 
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The Princess of Shoreditch
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
76 Paul Street, EC1, London EC2A
Take the spiral staircase up out of this busy Old Street boozer and you find yourself in a small, chic dining room with big picture windows, ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Nightlife

EC1 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Artillery Arms
London > Nightlife > Bars
102 Bunhill Row, EC1, London EC1Y
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The Nightjar Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
129-131 City Road, EC1, London EC1V
For live jazz and adventurous signature cocktails in a subterranean speakeasy setting try The Nightjar Bar in Shoreditch. Taking its cue from the illicit anti-Prohibition bars ... More
 
 
 
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Whistling Shop
London > Nightlife > Bars
63 Worship Street, EC1, London EC2A
There are no whistles for sale at the Whistling Shop nor, we suspect, will you necessarily hear anyone actually whistling. What you will get, however, is ... More
 
 
 

EC1 Leisure

EC1 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, EC1, London EC4M
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, EC1, London EC1A
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
Fitness First
London > Leisure > Fitness
60-63 Bunhill Row, EC1, London EC1Y
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EC1 Education

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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, EC1, London EC1Y
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, EC1, London EC1V
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, EC1, London EC2A
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 

EC1 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near EC1.
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London Symphony Orchestra St Luke's
London > Business > Venue Hire
161 Old Street, EC1, London EC1V
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The HAC Grounds
London > Business > Venue Hire
City Road, EC1, London EC1Y
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The Brewery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Chiswell Street, EC1, London EC1Y
While the City of London is not short of modern, flexible event-spaces, not many can claim to be located in a Grade II listed building, or ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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